Special Topics in Music III - A Comprehensive Study of Manuscripts from the Mediaeval and Renaissance Periods

Course Number: 477**/3.0 3S (Course Code Explanation)

Open To: B.Mus. and B.Mus./B.Ed. students, non-B.Mus. students

Area(s): Musicology/Ethnomusicology

Instructor(s): Dr. Olga Malyshko

Term(s): A

Day(s) and Time(s): M: 1.00-2.30, W: 11.30-1.00

Room: HLH 213

Calendar Description

An intensive analysis of a particular topic within a specific area of music: ethnomusicology, musicology or theory/analysis. Details regarding specific topics will be available from the School of Music on an annual basis.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s) / Exclusion(s)

  • PREREQUISITE Level 3 or above and permission of the School.

Additional Information

THE CREATION, DECORATION AND ILLUMINATION OF MEDIAEVAL AND EARLY RENAISSANCE MUSIC MANUSCRIPTS FROM CIRCA 800 to CIRCA 1450.
 
Viewing provisional representative facsimile editions, the course will discuss and demonstrate the production of manuscripts from the initial stages of the preparation of parchment/vellum, the cutting and fashioning of quills, the colours of the paints, the making of gold leaf, the ink recipes, the styles of the text and music scripts to ultimately the final creation of the books. The course will also focus on manuscripts surviving in fragmentary form, used as binding strips and cover supports for other sources. The significance of scribal tastes, habits and tendencies will be examined in connection with diverse types of manuscripts representing various scholarly fields. In addition, the professional activities of commercial ateliers and the artistic monastic productivity will be discussed, in terms of function, destination and dissemination of sources. Physical characteristics and contents respectively as both external and internal evidence for establishing the dating, origin and chronology of the manuscript sources will also be investigated. OPEN TO LEVEL 3 OR ABOVE AND PERMISSION OF THE SCHOOL; B. MUS., B.MUS./ED, AND NON-B.MUS. STUDENTS.

PERCENTAGE BREAKDOWN:
Attendance:  10%
Participation:  20%
Assignments:  40%
Final Examination:  30%
Total: 100%